Soaring trading on JSE Main Market

Trading soared on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday 44 securities crossing the market leading to 43,623,370 units valued at $900,746,655, in contrast to 23,529,489 units valued at $145,262,959 from 41 securities changing hand on Monday.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index fell by 663.89 points to 416,640.00, the JSE Market Index was down 753.91 points to 379,687.89 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.34 points to 99.11.
The market closed with 47 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 17 stocks advancing, 20 declining and ten securities trading firm. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.4, while the Main Market ended at 14.7 times ICI Insider.com projected 2020-21 earnings.
Today’s heavy trading resulted in several stocks exchanging more than a million units. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 12.2 million shares for 28 percent of total volume followed by JMMB Group with 7.8 million units for 17.8 percent of the day’s trade and Carreras with 3.5 million shares for 8 percent market share. Other stocks, with over one million units changing hands, are First Rock Capital with 2.4 million shares, NCB Financial Group 1 million units, PanJam Investment 1.8 million units, Sagicor Group 1.9 million shares. Sagicor Select Financial Fund ended with 1.1 million units, Scotia Group 1.7 million shares, Supreme Ventures 1.4 million units, Trans Jamaican Highway with 3.1 million shares and Wisynco Group with 1 million units.
The average trade for the day was 991,440 units valued at $20,471,515 for each security traded, in contrast to 573,890 units at an average of $3,542,999 on Monday. Average trading for the month to date is 790,034 at $12,305,995, well above the average in May of 475,543 units at $3,077,280 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows twelve stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three stocks closing with lower offers.
In the Main Market, Berger Paints gained 48 cents to end at $14, trading a mere 63 units, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.46 to $53.50 as investors exchanged 23,353 stock units, Eppley rose 72 cents transferring 75,600 shares to settle at $16.22. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dived $4.93 to $33.07, after swapping 1,258 units, First Rock Capital added 40 cents to finish at $13.90, in trading 2,359,987 shares, Jamaica Broilers exchanged 943,092 shares with gains of 35 cents to end the day at $26.45. Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 50 cents to end at $22, with 128,827 shares changing hands, Key Insurance gained 35 cents transferring 14,945 stock units and closed at $5.10, Kingston Properties ended $1.29 higher at $6.09, in swapping 806 units. Mayberry Investments lost 39 cents trading 308,367 shares to finish at $5.54, Mayberry Jamaican Equities closed 44 cents higher at $9.94 exchanging 18,021 stock units, NCB Financial Group rebounded with gains of $5 to end at $145 after a transfer of 1,000,397 shares. 138 Student Living picked up 78 cents in swapping 61,056 shares and closed at $8, Palace Amusement added $1 to close at $1,102 with an exchange of 82 units, Proven Investments ended with a loss of 50 cents trading 14,504 stock units to settle at $34. Victoria Mutual Investments closed 42 cents lower at $7.53, with 608,186 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group gained 44 cents and ended at $18.44, trading 1,024,455 shares. 138 Student Living traded 650 preference shares and rose 90 cents to end at $5.90.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE US$ market index falls

The JSE US dollar Market closed on Tuesday with more decline in the market index as trading volume slipping slightly below Monday level but at a much higher value.
Market activity resulted in only three securities changing hands, with the prices of all three declining. Trading ended with 649,264 shares with a value of US$121,654 changing hands, in contrast to 663,563 units for US$69,954 from trading of four securities on Monday.
At the close, the market fell 1.80 points to 188.99 and the PE ratio of the market closed with an average of 13.2 times 2020 earnings.
At the end of trading, Proven Investments lost half a cent, trading 542,918 shares to settle at 22 US cents. Sygnus Credit Investments closed at 12.9 US cents after losing one-tenth of a cent in exchanging 9,756 units and Trans Jamaican Highway shed 0.001 of a cent and ended at 0.98 US of a cent, with 96,590 shares changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

TTSE index makes big gain

The Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange moved higher at the close of trading on Tuesday as rising stock prices outnumbered falling ones, with sixteen securities trading leading to the prices of five rising, three declining and eight remaining unchanged.

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

The market closed, with the T&T Composite Index climbed 5.58 points to 1,295.20. The All T&T Index advanced by 14.63 points to 1,751.95, while the Cross Listed Index shed 0.49 points to close at 113.31.
The volume of stocks passing through the market amounted to 401,112 shares valued at $3,079,911 compared to 188,712 shares for $990.863 on Monday from 13 securities.
IC bid-offer Indicator The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of two stocks higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
Gainers│ Agostini’s advanced $1 to end at $25, in trading 50 shares, NCB Financial, closed 5 cents higher at $7.55, in transferring 2,600 units, Prestige Holdings gained 5 cents swapping 1,487 stock units to finish at $8.25. Scotiabank traded 471 shares at $54.99 after picking up 9 cents and Trinidad & Tobago NGL rose 25 cents to $16.50 in an exchange of 5,976 stock units.
Losers│ First Citizens Bank fell of $1.70 to $46.30, with the transfer of 524 units, Grace Kennedy shed 30 cents to close at $3.10 exchanging 120 shares and West Indian Tobacco ended 88 cents lower at $35, with 7,000 stock units changing hands.
Firm TradersClico Investments swapped 8,593 shares at $25.50, First Caribbean International Bank traded 5,016 stock units at $7.30, Guardian Holdings closed at $18.15 with 50,100 units changing hands. JMMB Group transferred 4,510 shares at $1.95, National Flour was unchanged at $2, after trading 282,500 units, One Caribbean Media held firm at $5.25, with an exchange of 7,000 stock units. Republic Financial Holdings ended with 3,910 units crossing the market at $133.60 and Unilever Caribbean transferred 21,255 shares at $16.99.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market losses start June

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Junior Market trading picked up on the first day of June with 35 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 13,798,652 units valued at $66,443,460 as five companies traded over 1.2 million shares accounting for more than 8 million units that traded.
In contrast to Monday’s high volume, just 4,090,696 units valued at $13,986,258 changed hands from 31 securities on Friday.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 10 securities advanced, 16 declined and nine remained unchanged, with the market Index slipping 15.28 points to close at 2,617.69. The average PE ratio of the market ended at 9.4 times 2020-21 earnings.
The average ended with 394,247 units at $1,898,385, in contrast to 131,958 units at an average of $451,170 on Friday. In contrast, May closed with an average of 150,274 units valued at $491,077 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial climbed 5 cents to $23.05 with 1,242,213 shares trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.61 after rising 6 cents and swapping 19,611 stock units, Cargo Handlers rose 16 cents in the exchange of 189,409 units to finish at $6.21. Caribbean Assurance Brokers slipped 1 cent and traded 54,706 stock units to close at $2.29, Caribbean Cream fell 9 cents to $2.75 with 272,900 shares changing hands, Caribbean Flavours jumped by $1.30 to close at $11.30 with the swapping of 2,152 stock units. Caribbean Producers gained 4 cents and exchanged 328,436 stocks to settle at $2.40, Derrimon Trading dropped 28 cents to end at $2.32 with 3,285,500 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove closed trading of 1,100 stock units and gained 55 cents to end at $7.80. Elite Diagnostic lost 10 cents in the exchange of 7,191 units to finish at $3.40, Everything Fresh closed 2 cents higher at 75 cents with 21,000 shares traded, Express Catering settled at $4.40 after losing 5 cents and swapping 77,382 stock units. Fontana shed 14 cents in exchange of 150,506 shares to end at $5.80, General Accident traded 605,700 units and fell 20 cents to close at $6.05, Honey Bun climbed 28 cents exchanging 38,480 shares to finish at $5.40. Jamaican Teas exchanged 2,762,864 units and lost 7 cents to close at $4.63, Jetcon Corporation slipped 1 cent to 89 cents with 3,033 stock units changing hands, Knutsford Express closed with a loss of 54 cents at $8.41 in the swapping of 100 shares. Lasco Distributors climbed 15 cents and exchanged 983,238 stock units to end at $3.10, Lasco Financial fell 20 cents in the trading 523,159 units to finish at $2.50, Lasco Manufacturing ended market activity at $4.79 after exchanging 91,830 shares and falling 11 cents. Limners and Bards slid 1 cent to $1.83 with 59,463 units changing hands, Lumber Depot exchanged 2,136,838 stock units after losing 1 cent to close at $1.13, Medical Disposables dipped 1 cent to $6.89 with 23,450 shares traded. Paramount Trading ended 1 cent lower at $1.98 with 38,130 stock units changing hands and Stationery and Office Supplies climbed 9 cents to $6.30 with 35,953 crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market starts June down

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange gave back some of the gains at the end of May, with NCB Financial falling back in price. The market closed with rising stocks outpaced those declining on Monday, but the IC bid-offer Indicator points to positive trading on Tuesday.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dived by 3,543.96 points to 417,303.69, the JSE Market Index dropped 3,208.18 points to 380,441.80 and the JSE Financial Index shed 1.35 points to 99.45.
The market closed with 45 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 22 stocks advancing, 16 declining and seven securities closing with prices unchanged. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 41 securities accounting for 23,529,489 units valued at $145,262,959, in contrast to 109,379,530 units valued at $203,610,322 from 45 securities on Friday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 6 million shares for 25.3 percent of total volume, followed by Carreras with 5.3 million units for 22.4 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 3.8 million units for 16.3 percent market share. Other stocks trading over a million units were 138 Student Living with 2.9 million units and Trans Jamaican Highway with 3.2 million shares.
The average stock trading was 573,890 units at $3,542,999 for each security traded, in contrast to 2,430,656 units valued at an average of $4,524,674 on Friday. Trading in May resulted in an average of 475,543 units valued at $3,077,280 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows twelve stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four stocks closing with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.5, while the Main Market ended at 14.7 times 2020-21 earnings.
In the Main Market, Barita Investments gained 59 cents to close at $50.99, with an exchange of a mere 649 units, Berger Paints fell by 48 cents trading 14,830 stock units to settle at $13.52, Eppley declined by $2.49 to $15.50, in swapping 5,000 units. First Rock Capital closed 90 cents higher at $13.50, with a transfer of 4,336 units, Jamaica Producers picked up 95 cents exchanging 17,024 stock units and closed at $21.05, Kingston Wharves ended 89 cents lower at $57.10, after transferring 9,484 units. Mayberry Investments rose 33 cents to $5.93, with 4,543 units changing hands, Mayberry Jamaican Equities shed 50 cents trading 2,050 units to end at $9.50, NCB Financial Group sustained a loss of $8 in transferring 224,350 shares and closed at $140. Palace Amusement picked up $1 to close at $1,101 in an exchange of just nine units, Proven Investments closed at $34.50, with a loss of 45 cents and trading 9,813 units, Sagicor Group finished 50 cents lower at $46, after swapping 142,269 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended at $7.50, with a loss of 44 cents in exchanging 1,420 units, Salada Foods added 50 cents transferring one stock unit and settled at $29.50. Stanley Motta fell 50 cents to $5, after trading 4,500 shares, Supreme Ventures closed 39 cents higher at $15.19, in an exchange of 103,922 units and Victoria Mutual Investments gains 65 cents and ended at $7.95, with 162,480 shares changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

TTSE starts June moderately

Investors eased off trading on Monday compared to Friday as the volume and value passing through the market plunged. The market index rose moderately in continuation of recovery that started in early May.
The market closed with thirteen securities changing hands of which two gained, three declined and the price of eight remained unchanged, while one stock traded at 52 weeks’ low. The volume of stocks passing through the market amounted to 188,712 shares valued at $990,863 compared to 1,393,703 shares for $4,290,531 on Friday from 14 securities.
The T&T Composite Index gained 0.44 points to close at 1,289.62. The All T&T Index advanced by 1.21 points to 1,737.32, while the Cross Listed Index lost 0.05 points to end at 113.80.
IC bid-offer Indicator The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of four stocks higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
Gainers│ Grace Kennedy rose 30 cents to $3.40, in trading 84 units and Republic Financial Holdings gained 87 cents and ended at $133.60, with exchanging 500 units.
Losers│ First Caribbean International shed 20 cents to finish at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.30, with 274 shares changing hands, Scotiabank lost 9 cents trading 574 units to close at $54.90 and Trinidad Cement dipped 15 cents to $1.80, in exchanging 2,574 stock units.
Firm TradersAngostura Holdings was unchanged at $14.40 trading 5,855 stock units, Guardian Holdings exchanging 4,400 units and remained at $18.15, JMMB Group had 25,689 shares crossing the exchange at $1.95. Investors transferred 26,623 shares of National Enterprises at $4.25, National Flour traded 96,568 shares at $2, One Caribbean Media closed at $5.25, with 5,000 stock units changing hands. Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended at $16.25, with a transfer of 14,350 stock units and Unilever Caribbean exchanged 6,221 stock units at $16.99.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE US market closes up

Jamaica Stock Exchange, US dollar market, closed up on the first trading day of June, with the market index rising 0.50 points to close at 190.79 with the same number of securities trading as on Friday.
Market activity resulted in four securities changing hands and ended with one declining and three closing unchanged. Investors traded 663,563 units valued at over US$69,954, in contrast to 105,523 units for US$10,755 on Friday.
At the close, the PE ratio of the market closed with an average of 13.2 times 2020 earnings.
In trading, Equityline Mortgage Investments preference share closed at US$1.95, after exchanging just 100 unit, First Rock Capital Investment gained half a cent, trading 600,000 units to close at 95 US cents. Proven Investments had 18,008 shares passing through the market at 22.5 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments closed at 13 US cents with 16,000 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Some BUY RATED stocks move higher

Junior Market stocks gained 3 percent in the shortened trading week. In comparison, the Main Market rose 2 percent, a continuation of a 4 percent rise in the Junior Market index in the prior week and the Main Market rising, with less than a percentage point rise.
This week’s focus: Caribbean Cream reported full-year profit to February, with profit falling 38.5 percent to $55 million, from $89 million reported in the prior year, with revenues rising 10 percent and 16.2 percent in the fourth quarter. Depreciation charge almost doubled from $63 million to $115 million was the main reason for the fall in profit. IC Insider.com spoke with Christopher Clarke, Managing director of the company.

The price for skim milk powder fell sharply in March.

Clarke stated that the jump in Q4 revenues is due primarily to new products introduced in April last year and increased sales arising from the opening of the May Pen depot that resulted in lower selling price to the public.
Kremi, as the company is also known, seems set enjoy reduced cost in May and August quarters as the price of a critical raw material, milk solids, used in the production of ice cream. The price was $2,924 per ton at the start of November last year and moved to just over $3,000 in January and declined to US$2,747 at the beginning of March, US$2,527 at the end of March and US$2,380 in April and remained there until May 20 before pulling up to $2,549 towards the end of May.
The rise in the market during the past week did little for IC TOP 10 stocks, resulting in no movement in or out of the TOP 10.
The week closed with the three top Junior Market stocks with the potential to gain between 387 to 705 percent by 2021 as Caribbean Producers, followed by KLE Group and Elite Diagnostic. In the Main Market, Radio Jamaica continues to lead, followed by Berger Paints and JMMB Group with projected gains of 165 to 212 percent.
The targeted average PE ratio of the market is 20 based on the profits of companies reporting full year’s results for the financial year ending after the second quarter of 2020 up to the second quarter in 2021. Both the Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below this level. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 14 and the Junior Market at just 9.6, based on current 2020-21 earnings. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages a mere 5.1 at just 53 percent to the average of the overall Junior Market. The Main Market TOP 10 stocks trade at 8.7 or 62 percent of the PE of the overall market.
The average projected gain for the IC TOP 10 stocks is 330 percent, for the Junior Market and 138 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2020-21 earnings, an indication that there is greater potential to make greater gains in the Junior Market than in the Main Market.
IC TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver some of the best returns up to March 2021. Projected gains are based on earnings and PE ratios, projected for the current fiscal year. The ranking of stocks is in order of likely increases, with the highest-ranked, being the most attractive. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Revisions to earnings per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

Persons who compiled this report may have an interest in securities commented on in this report.

JSE Main market up 5% in May

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock exchange closed out May on a high note with the market prime indices rising appreciably to close out the month with a gain of five percent but closed with a loss of 25 percent for the year to date.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 4,018.59 points to 420,847.85, the JSE Market Index advanced 3,762.78 points to 383,649.98 and the JSE Financial Index gained 1.12 points to 100.80. The PE ratio of the market ended at 14.5, while the Main Market ended at 14.8 times 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with 49 securities changing hands in the Main and US dollar markets with prices of 22 stocks advancing, 16 declining and 11 securities trading firm. The JSE Main Market activity ended with 45 securities accounting for 109,379,530 units valued at $203,610,322, in contrast to 21,505,791 units valued at $167,719,708 from 40 securities on Thursday.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 80 million shares for 73 percent of total volume followed by Trans Jamaican Highway with 24 million units for 22 percent of the day’s trade and QWI Investments with 1.5 million units for 1.4 percent market share. Also, trading over a million units was Sagicor Select Financial Fund, with 1.15 million units.
The average trade for the day was 2,430,656 units at $4,524,674 for each security traded, in contrast to 537,645 units at an average of $4,192,993 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date ended at 475,543 units at $3,077,280 for each security changing hands, compared to 369,670 units with an average of $2,994,834. Trading in April resulted in an average of 1,077,021 units valued at $3,829,201 for each security.
IC bid-offer Indicator At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows seventeen stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three stocks closing with lower offers.
In the Main Market, Barita Investments shed 60 cents to end at $50.40, with a transfer of 171,676 shares, Caribbean Cement gained $1 exchanging 34,628 stock units and closed at $52, Eppley ended $1 higher at $17.99, with 35,848 stock units changing hands. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund jumped $5 to $38 after swapping a mere one unit, First Rock Capital shed 40 cents to settle at $12.60, in transferring 2,741 units, Jamaica Producers closed 70 cents lower at $20.10 trading 423,052 shares. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained $1.57 and ended at $22.57, exchanging 105,212 shares, Kingston Properties dropped $1.50 to finish at $4.80, after swapping 40,000 stock units, Kingston Wharves climbed $2.99 to $57.99 transferring 9,590 units. Mayberry Investments lost 40 cents to end at $5.60 trading 14,908 units, Palace Amusement shed another $100 to close at $1,100, in an exchange of 83 units, Salada Foods gained 50 cents swapping 191,208 shares and closed at $29. Scotia Group advanced by $1 to $46, with 17,902 stock units changing hands, Stanley Motta picked up 80 cents to settle at $5.50, after transferring 31,500 stock units, Supreme Ventures gained 30 cents exchanging 40,864 stock units and closed at $14.80 and Sygnus Credit Investments ended trading at $17.32, after rising 36 cents and swapping 7,512 units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market rises 9% in May

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Friday with modest gains in the market index to close out May, up 9 percent for the month but is still 21.4 percent adrift of the start of the year.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 13 securities advanced, 10 declined and eight remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index advanced by 4.54 points to close at 2,632.97 and the average PE ratio of the market ended at 9.5 times 2020-21 earnings.
Trading resulted in 31 securities changing hands and an exchange of 4,090,696 units at $13,986,259 compared to 4,251,896 units at $11,083,038 on Thursday.
The average trade for the day was 131,958 units for $451,170 in contrast to 146,617 units for an average of $382,174 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 150,274 units valued at $491,077 and previously 151,266 units valued at $93,240. In contrast, April closed with an average of 447,863 units valued at $1,028,076 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial added 49 cents to end at $23 and traded 1,314 shares, AMG Packaging rose 5 cents and exchanged 500 shares at $1.55, Blue Power shed 15 cents in trading of 5,000 units at $3.60. Caribbean Cream closed 7 cents higher at $2.80, with 167,826 stock units trading, Caribbean Producers gained 1 cent to end at $2.36, trading 301,257 shares, Consolidated Bakeries ended market activity exchanging 145,650 shares to close at $1.64 after falling 6 cents. Elite Diagnostic closed trading of 32,398 units and gained 10 cents to end at $3.50, Everything Fresh ended with a loss of 1 cent at 73 cents with 133,453 stock units changing hands, Express Catering closed 44 cents higher at $4.45, with 91,687 stock units trading. Fontana closed trading of 259,958 units and gained 24 cents to end at $5.94, General Accident closed 25 cents higher at $6.25, with 118,999 stock units trading, Honey Bun declined 29 cents in trading of 15,596 units at $5.12. Indies Pharma closed with a loss of 4cents at $2.25 in swapping 66,561shares, ISP Finance ended lost $1 at $13 with 50 units changing hands, Jetcon Corporation closed trading of 30 units and gained 10 cents to end at 90 cents. Knutsford Express ended at $8.95, after rising $1.45 and trading 20,792 shares, Lasco Distributors closed with a loss of 20 cents at $2.95 after swapping 92,095 shares, Lasco Manufacturing closed trading of 1,186,538 shares and gained 40 cents to end at $4.90 (See note at the foot of this story). Limners and Bards rose 2 cents and exchanged 34,476 shares at $1.84. Mailpac Group closed with a loss of 2 cents at $1.86while trading 792,156 shares, Medical Disposables ended market activity, exchanging 4,114 stock units to settle at $6.90 after falling 10 cents and Stationery and Office Supplies lost 6 cents in trading 97,229 shares at $6.21.

NB The JSE trading sheet posted on the exchange website shows Lasco Manufacturing trading 1,186,538 shares, but the trading platform used for trading had just 221,121 shares traded, its unclear which is correct at the time of going to publishing. The trading sheet also has Eppley as trading in the Junior Market. The stock migrated to the main market for several months.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.